Pinellas County using mobile fingerprint scanners
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida deployed a MorphoTrak mobile identification solution that enables officers to capture and search fingerprints against state and national FBI databases from any location.
The solution consists of a Morpho Maestro gateway for system communications and 65 cell phone-size MorphoIDent mobile devices for capturing fingerprints in the field.
Within the first week of deployment, the mobile system identified an unknown subject as a wanted felony suspect by searching the FBI Repository of Individuals of Special Concern database. In addition to criminal apprehension, the mobile system makes immediate identification of lost and deceased individuals possible when no other means of identification are available.
MorphoIDent devices give deputies the ability to capture high quality fingerprints quickly and intuitively in a small package. The Maestro gateway provides the interface to statewide and national fingerprint databases, and gives the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office the ability to track and report on device usage and outcomes.
U.S. student loan servicer taps Gemalto
Gemalto is providing multi-factor authentication to MOHELA, one of the largest student loan servicers in the United States, with more than one million borrowers serviced. MOHELA selected Gemalto’s IDPrime .NET converged badge as their strong authentication solution to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Under FISMA, it is mandatory for agencies funded by federal programs to use multi-factor authentication when accessing sensitive government data.
FISMA’s accreditation is based on three primary security objectives: the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems and data. To meet these demands, MOHELA needed a simple solution that was compatible with their existing infrastructure.
Gemalto’s IDPrime .NET Converged Badge with its support for public key infrastructure (PKI) integrates with MOHELA’s existing Microsoft environment for an easy deployment and user desktop experience. Interoperability of the technology with MOHELA’s existing physical badge access system was also a business necessity, resulting in fewer complexities and lower costs.
Authentify releases call center security app
Authentify announced its xFA SecureCallCenter to help financial institutions fight fraud by imposters and protect call center representatives from social engineering attempts.
The new SecureCallCenter application assists mobile app users who wish to speak to a call center representative. To do so, a user logs into their copy of the institution’s mobile app. The end user then taps a call center button, which triggers Authentify xFA’s biometric authentication sequence. Behind the scenes, a voice channel call is also placed to the call center. Once the user successfully authenticates, the SecureCallCenter app connects the call and passes the end user’s contact and account information to a module at the call center console. The module interprets the information for the console, enabling the information to be displayed to the next representative in the queue.
Authentify has been authenticating online users for financial services firms using phone-based authentication since 2001. The company introduced mobile, app-based authentication services in 2011, concurrent with widespread use of smartphones by consumers.
Authentify xFA SecureCallCenter is available and requires the Authentify xFA mobile SDK to integrate with a financial institution’s own mobile app.
EyeVerify embedded in Chinese handsets
ZTE announced that a new flagship device, the ZTE Grand S3, will be launched with a eye-based biometric solution from EyeVerify. The solution, Eyeprint ID, enables users a password-free method of unlocking the Grand S3, offering an enhanced level of privacy and security to the device. ZTE’s Grand S3 is one of the first smartphones in the world to offer this solution.
Eyeprint ID offers ZTE Grand S3 users an password-free mobile experience. The cutting-edge solution works by imaging unique vein patterns in the human eye using the Grand S3’s front facing camera.
The ZTE Grand S3 was launched domestically in China in January. Eyeprint ID will feature in upcoming devices in ZTE’s Grand series, and will soon be integrated with mobile payment and other applications.
IDenticard released wearable prox credentials
IDenticard announced the release of UBand Prox, the latest product in its line of wearable access credentials. UBand Prox is a silicone wristband containing an internal proximity chip that enables the wristband to perform the same functions as a standard proximity card. UBand Prox is available in the most common proximity technology formats, including 26 bit, 35 bit and 37 bit.
Each wristband is approximately the width of a standard rubber band, while the internal chip is less than 4 mm thick and 20 cm in diameter. The band sits on the wrist and can be put on or taken off with ease. UBand Prox is available in two in-stock colors — black or blue — and three wrist circumference sizes.